Starting this month, lawful permanent residents that apply for replacement green cards will receive a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action that will serve as proof of their status and automatically extend green card validity for 12 months.
Lawful permanent residents file Form I-90 to request a green card replacement when their card has expired, will expire within six months, is lost, or when they need to update their information. USCIS will now issue these applicants a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action, instead of the previously used extension sticker to temporarily prove status while they are awaiting their new cards.
Individuals can use their expired green card and the revised notice – together – as evidence of their ability to and travel.
According to USCIS, this change will only affect new applicants. USCIS will still issue stickers at biometrics appointments for individuals who already have a scheduled appointment. All future applicants who file Form I-90 to replace their green card will receive a revised receipt notice by mail as a matter of course.